Babbitt, Joan “Jo”

JOAN “JO” BABBITT, of Evanston, Ill., 92, surviving spouse of retired Elder James Babbitt, Sr., died on February 26, 2021.

There will be no public visitation. A private internment service will be led by the Rev. John Huff and will be live-streamed on the Feeny-Hornak Facebook page on Saturday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. (EST); it will be posted later to the obituary page.

A memorial service for Joan (“Jo”) Elizabeth Flood Babbitt (surviving spouse of the Rev. Dr. James J. Babbitt Sr.) is taking place on Zoom this coming Saturday, May 22.

A memorial slideshow begins at 1:15 p.m. CST / 2:15 p.m. EST, and the worship service starts at 1:30 p.m. CST / 2:30 p.m. EST. All are welcome.

After the worship service, the family will be available to visit.

This link will take you to the program, which includes an embedded Zoom link for Saturday’s service:

Jo is survived by her four children and their spouses: Jim Jr. (Michele), Rob (Tina), Beth (Tom), and Barbara (Jim). She leaves a beautiful family of nine grandchildren, several grand-spouses, and ten great-grandchildren (so far).

Memorial contributions may be made to the James and Joan Babbitt Endowed Scholarship at G-ETS. Donations may be made online at; or make checks payable to Garrett-Evangelical with a note for “Babbitt Scholarship” in the memo line and mail to: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201.

Condolences may be sent to Beth Babbitt Borst, 1602 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL 60201-4056 or

Tributes and sympathy messages can be shared at the funeral home website.